European Championship Qualifying - Group C
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Slovakia 2-1 Spain

Slovakia v Spain
Slovakia are three points clear at the top of Group C after two wins out of two

European champions Spain suffered a first qualifying defeat for eight years as former Chelsea player Miroslav Stoch helped earn Slovakia a famous victory.

Iker Casillas misjudged Juraj Kucka's 30-yard free-kick as the hosts took the lead in the Euro 2016 Group C clash.

Substitute Paco Alcacer equalised for Spain with a composed low finish from eight-yards.

But Stoch won it with a close-range header after a cross by Michal Duris.

Pain for Spain
Spain's last qualifying defeat was on 7 October 2006 when a side containing the likes of David Villa and Fernando Torres lost 2-0 away to Sweden in a Euro 2008 qualifier

The final whistle was greeted by a huge roar as the visitors, who defeated Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final, lost for the first time in 37 World Cup and European Championship qualifying matches, a run stretching back to 2006.

"We showed patience but we were not effective and their keeper was superb," said Spain manager Vicente del Bosque.

Diego Costa, who has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games for Chelsea, has not found the net in six appearances for his country.

Spain, who travel to Luxembourg on Sunday, have three points from two games, while Slovakia head the group with two wins from two.

Slovakia v Spain
Spain have lost four of their last six matches

Elsewhere, England's Group E rivals Lithuania and Slovenia both won.

Switzerland lost for the second straight game as a 79th-minute penalty by Milivoje Novakovic earned Slovenia a 1-0 win.

Lithuania made it two wins out of two as Saulius Mikoliunas struck 14 minutes from time to sink Estonia, who host England on Sunday.

Ola Toivonen's second-half goal earned battling Sweden a 1-1 draw with Russia in Group G after Alexsandr Kokorin had given the visitors the lead in Stockholm.

In the same group, Austria secured a 2-1 win away to Moldova.

Ukraine scored two late goals to win 2-0 away to Belarus in Group C, while Besart Abdurahimi struck deep into stoppage time as Macedonia left it late to beat Luxembourg 3-2.

Also in Group C, Montenegro were held to a goalless draw away to Liechtenstein.

Slovenia v Switzerland
Slovenia are fourth in England's group after defeating Switzerland 1-0
Former England manager Fabio Capello
Former England manager Fabio Capello has steered his side to four points from two qualifying games
David Alaba
David Alaba, who scored a penalty as Austria won away to Moldova in Group G, has won the Bundesliga three times with Bayern Munich
Belarus v Ukraine
Ukraine are third in Group C after winning 2-0 away to Belarus, who prop up the table

Line-ups

Slovakia

  • 23Kozacik
  • 2Pekarík
  • 3Skrtel
  • 4Durica
  • 15HubocanBooked at 37mins
  • 22Pecovsky
  • 5GyömbérBooked at 90mins
  • 19KuckaBooked at 4minsSubstituted forKissat 83'minutes
  • 20MakSubstituted forStochat 62'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 17Hamsik
  • 7WeissSubstituted forDurisat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mucha
  • 6Sabo
  • 8Guédé
  • 9Sestak
  • 10Stoch
  • 11Nemec
  • 12Novota
  • 13Kiss
  • 14Jakubko
  • 16Michalik
  • 21Duris

Spain

  • 1Casillas
  • 16JuanfranSubstituted forCazorlaat 81'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Piqué
  • 2AlbiolSubstituted forPedroat 58'minutes
  • 18Alba
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Koke
  • 21SilvaBooked at 44minsSubstituted forAlcácerat 71'minutes
  • 10Fàbregas
  • 6Iniesta
  • 19Diego CostaBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Azpilicueta
  • 7Raúl García
  • 9Alcácer
  • 11Pedro
  • 12Bernat
  • 13de Gea
  • 14Iturraspe
  • 15Bartra
  • 17Rodrigo
  • 20Cazorla
  • 22Carvajal
  • 23Casilla
Referee:
Björn Kuipers
Attendance:
9,478

Match Stats

Home TeamSlovakiaAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home27%
Away73%
Shots
Home5
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away19
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Slovakia 2, Spain 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Slovakia 2, Spain 1.

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Santiago Cazorla (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Santiago Cazorla (Spain).

Miroslav Stoch (Slovakia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Marek Hamsik.

Booking

Diego Costa (Spain) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Norbert Gyömbér (Slovakia) is shown the yellow card.

Diego Costa (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Norbert Gyömbér (Slovakia).

Attempt saved. Diego Costa (Spain) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Tomas Hubocan.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jan Durica.

Booking

Miroslav Stoch (Slovakia) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Slovakia 2, Spain 1. Miroslav Stoch (Slovakia) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michal Duris with a cross.

Foul by Diego Costa (Spain).

Michal Duris (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Cesc Fàbregas (Spain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Diego Costa.

Substitution

Substitution, Slovakia. Filip Kiss replaces Juraj Kucka.

Goal!

Goal! Slovakia 1, Spain 1. Paco Alcácer (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordi Alba with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Santiago Cazorla replaces Juanfran.

Andrés Iniesta (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Viktor Pecovsky (Slovakia).

Foul by Gerard Piqué (Spain).

Matús Kozácik (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Juraj Kucka.

Attempt blocked. Gerard Piqué (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas with a cross.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Matús Kozácik.

Paco Alcácer (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Juraj Kucka (Slovakia).

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Norbert Gyömbér.

Offside, Slovakia. Tomas Hubocan tries a through ball, but Miroslav Stoch is caught offside.

Foul by Andrés Iniesta (Spain).

Michal Duris (Slovakia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Juanfran (Spain).

Marek Hamsik (Slovakia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Juanfran (Spain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tomas Hubocan (Slovakia).

Corner, Slovakia. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

goal

As It Stood

A

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2Czech Rep11002113
3Kazakhstan10100001
4Latvia10100001
5Netherlands100112-10
6Turkey100103-30

B

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C

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2Spain21016333
3Ukraine21012113
4Macedonia210147-33
5Luxembourg201134-11
6Belarus201113-21

D

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E

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2Lithuania22003036
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5Switzerland200203-30
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F

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G

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3Austria21103214
4Sweden20202202
5Liechtenstein201104-41
6Moldova200214-30

H

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2Italy11002023
3Bulgaria11002113
4Azerbaijan100112-10
5Malta100102-20
6Norway100102-20

I

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1Denmark11002113
2Albania11001013
3Serbia00000000
4Armenia100112-10
5Portugal100101-10
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